Clinical & Translational Research Center
The Winnick Family Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) supports innovative, patient-oriented research, offers clinical research training and recognition programs and provides researchers an environment for seeing patients when they take part in clinical research studies. The CTRC at Cedars-Sinai was established in 1994 by the National Institutes of Health and funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
Our highly skilled certified research nurses provide excellent care and, along with our staff, ensure that participants and their loved ones feel welcome and relaxed in a comfortable setting. In the CTRC facility, we see research patients in outpatient rooms equipped with a reclining lounger, exam table, flat screen TV and cable television. We also see patients in various clinical areas of the hospital, such as the emergency department, surgery suites and inpatient rooms.
Fields of Support
In addition to assisting researchers with their clinical research studies, the CTRC is involved in a variety of training and recognition programs designed to encourage individuals to pursue careers in clinical research. Programs recognize research performed by residents, fellows and junior faculty members. We also have a program to introduce high school students to biomedical research.
The CTRC at Cedars-Sinai is a patient-oriented research center that helps investigators and study participants by:
- Providing an environment for clinical research studies
- Recruiting and screening potential research participants
- Providing education on research protocols
- Collecting confidential participant information
- Conducting infusion studies and blood draws
Not all Cedars-Sinai research participants are seen at the CTRC. Please confirm with your research coordinator where your visit will take place.
The CTRC provides outpatient support to researchers in a variety of areas such as cardiology, diabetes, digestive diseases, pediatrics and rheumatology. Also, our mobile research nurses can perform research-related procedures on patients who are in an inpatient area of the hospital. Research studies include industry-sponsored clinical trials, as well as those funded by the National Institutes of Health and a variety of research foundations.
The type of research procedures you will participate in depends on your study. Our research nurses typically help with the collection of vital sign measurements, blood draws and drug/hormone administration.
We have a knowledgeable and experienced staff to provide education, care and comfort for all research participants. Depending on the research study you are involved with you may meet our:
- Certified research nurses
- Certified research dietitian
- Research pharmacy team
- Front office staff and coordinators
Your research coordinator will provide you with everything you need to know about your visit — from fasting, study preparation and length of stay, to maps, directions and parking. You can also contact our office at 310-423-8965, and we will connect you with your research coordinator.
You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you. Visitors can wait in our waiting area or in the procedure room with you. We often have more than one research study being conducted, so please respect the privacy of your fellow research participants.
The best way to find out if your doctor conducts research at the CTRC is to contact your research coordinator. You may also contact our office at 310-423-8965, and we will be happy to assist you.
Your visit length depends on the research protocol you have consented to and what is being done on the day of your visit. You can contact your research coordinator for specific information. You may also contact our office at 310-423-8965, and we will be happy to assist you.